30 BOEING FRONTIERS / JULY 2013 “Just based on the nation’s geographic location, air travel is, and is going to remain, of huge importance to Israel.” – Todd Nelp, vice president, European Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes look at some of the most urgent threats in the world today, ballistic missiles are among those at the top of the list. Arrow 3 technology, in addition to being essential to Israel’s defense, could be of great value to other nations facing similar threats.” Avi Barber, vice president, Israel, Boeing Defense, Space & Security, said Boeing is working with the Israel Air Force on various modernization efforts, including systems upgrades and the acquisition of new products. The V-22, for example, would provide the Israeli military with more speed, range and altitude than a traditional medium-lift helicopter. It would also be less vulnerable to hostile fire and better able to maneuver around bad weather. Israel is also considering replacing its nine Boeing 707-based tankers with modern KC-46 tankers. Israel was Boeing’s first international customer to purchase the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), a highly accurate weapon that uses GPS or laser technology to zero in on the target. Boeing’s Harpoon missile is the main sea-to-sea missile on Israel Navy vessels. Barber noted that Israel’s world-class technology sector includes a strong defense industry. It is involved in weapons systems, radars, missile defense, space, communications and unmanned air vehicles. In addition to military aircraft, Israel depends heavily on commercial aviation. “Just based on the nation’s geographic location, air travel is, and is going to remain, of huge importance to Israel,” said Nelp, the commercial sales vice president. “The Israeli people have a strong connection to the United States, so there is frequent service to and from the U.S. Europe is also a big market, and traffic to and from Asia is increasing.” El Al has flown nearly every Boeing jetliner model since it acquired its first 707. It is currently expanding its fleet with 737-900ERs (Extended Range) and is considering a future purchase of the 787 Dreamliner. Arkia, based in Tel Aviv, is primarily a tour operator, but it has some scheduled flights. It flies to various European nations and other locations. In 2006, Arkia’s majority owners, the Nakash family, ordered two 787-9 Dreamliners, with the intent to serve long-range destinations, including the United States and the Far East.
Frontiers July 2013 Issue
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